As I mentioned in the previous post, this year’s theme for National Nutrition Month is “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right.” I love this because I love food! I enjoy cooking and baking as well. Since January I’ve been trying hard to plan out our meals (primarily dinner) on a weekly basis. I’ll plan Saturday or Sunday, we’ll go grocery shopping for exactly what we need, and then if I need to make something ahead of time I’ll spend Sunday afternoon/evening doing so (like if we want soup for lunch during the week). That being said, we did the planning and shopping last night. While in the store I came across something I could not pass up. Paczki! I get it – it’s just a donut. But I’m Polish and I grew up eating packzi when Lent came around. Considering I don’t make it a habit to eat donuts everyday, I went ahead and bought a pack. Bavarian crème of course My husband and I bought immediately ate one when we got home last night and then had the other two for breakfast this morning.
Everything in moderation, right?
The rest of my Sunday was primarily dedicated to all the fitness challenges I signed myself up for. Currently I’m in training for my first half-marathon (!!!) which the only difficulty I’m having so far is fitting in my workouts. It’s great to be on a training schedule though because it forces me to workout when I get home from work rather than just eat dinner, watch tv, and go to bed. (Hey don’t judge. Sometimes those 12 hour work days really just drain everything out of me). Anyway Sundays are my “long run” days and 5 miles were scheduled for today. Prior to heading out, I had a more substantial and nutritious meal: whole wheat toast with natural peanut butter and a banana. Oh yea, and cinnamon. Always have to have cinnamon. It’s simple, filling, and provides a good amount of energy for a longer workout.
My Garmin was not cooperating very well today but nonetheless I did my 5 (+ a bit) miles in just over an hour. I looped around the outskirts of the Arlington Cemetary, made my way through the Georgetown Waterfront and headed home. It was 50 degrees but cloudy and windy and halfway through it started raining. Despite the elements, I felt great when I got done.
My other challenges for the month are the #BackbendMadness2014 challenge on Instagram. Today was cobra pose – pretty easy. I’m not a hardcore yogi so this is good for me! My last challenge is a wall sit challenge initiated by some fellow AXiD alums in the area. We started off with just 10 seconds yesterday and 20 seconds today. By the end of the month we’ll be up around 5 minutes!
Suffice to say, today was pretty laid back. We just finished up our first planned dinner of the week – Sausage and Shrimp Jambalaya with Brown Rice – and leftover are packed up for lunch tomorrow.
I’ll leave on an exciting note. I opened up my latest issue of Food & Nutrition magazine (it comes through my membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics) and I saw one of my tweets had been published! I’m pretty happy about that
How do you plan on celebrating National Nutrition Month?
Do you do weekly meal planning?
What did you do to stay active this weekend?